In the Fall of 1989 A Concerned Group of Men conducted a conference entitled, African-American Male/Female Relationships, on the campus of Benedict College. This event set the tone for the development of the group. During the summer of 1990, the group created Project Impact!, a seven-segment, 15 week counseling and life skills intervention program that incorporates strategies, techniques and exercises that has been presented to a number of churches, schools and community groups.
ACGM employs a no-nonsense, straightforward, yet sensitive and caring approach which engages the critical thinking process in African (American) male youth that are at risk of dropping out of school and/or becoming involved with the criminal justice system. The program assists youth in developing a more positive purpose and direction by strengthening their identity and self-esteem. The program was copyrighted in early 1991.
Procedural Outline for Full 15-week Program
- Segment One: Orientation
- Segment Two: Self-Concept
- Segment Three: African and African-American History and Culture
- Segment Four: Value Clarification
- Segment Five: Problem Solving/Decision Making
- Segment Six: Health and Hygiene
- Segment Seven: Goal Setting
- Close Program
- Rites of Passage Ceremony
(Family, Friends and Community)